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South Pasadena Craftsman by Griffith Observatory architect hits the market for $1.5M

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Very handsome

Photos courtesy of Richard Stanley/Coldwell Banker

Now coming available in South Pasadena is a two-story Craftsman designed by the venerable John C. Austin in 1906. Austin, whose impressive body of work includes Griffith Observatory, the Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood’s Masonic Temple, and Los Angeles City Hall, built the home for Maye Kewen Marvin, daughter of California’s first Attorney General.

Measuring approximately 3,600 square feet, the Swiss chalet-inspired home has four bedrooms and three baths. There’s also a one-bedroom, one-bath guest studio with a separate entrance.

While the house has had some updates and changes over the years, a great deal of its lovely original details still remain, including hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, paneled walls, stained glass, a charming clinker-brick inglenook, and other built-ins. Adding to its appeal are multiple balconies offering glorious Arroyo Seco views.

Sited on a 12,324-square-foot lot with terraced gardens, the Marvin House is listed with an asking price of $1.5 million. Open house is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. February 18 and 19.